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Oglesby asks Illinois Supreme Court to review appellate decision

A brown storage unit next to a brick building in Maquon, Illinois.
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio
The decomposing remains of Richard Young were found in a Maquon storage unit on Oct. 7 after a report of a suspicious odor.

The Illinois Supreme Court will decide this month whether to review the Appellate Court’s ruling in a Maquon murder case.

Public defenders for Marcy L. Oglesby, 51, filed a petition for leave to appeal, following the Fourth District Appellate Court’s ruling in November that reinstated murder charges in the case.

Petitions for leave to appeal ask the high court to review and decide cases already decided by the Appellate Court. Thousands of such petitions are filed every year, but only a small percentage are granted.

Oglesby is accused of poisoning the Knox County village’s former police chief with eye drops and other medication. The decomposing remains of Richard Young were discovered in a Maquon storage unit in October 2022.

She was originally charged in Knox County circuit court with concealment of a death a few days after the remains were found.

Then in February 2023, the Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office filed amended charges of murder, aggravated battery with a toxic substance, and concealment of a homicidal death.

In March, Ninth Circuit Judge Andrew Doyle granted a defense motion to dismiss the amended charges over concerns Oglesby’s rights to a speedy trial were violated.

Knox County State’s Attorney Jeremy Karlin then filed an appeal.

The Appellate Court’s ruling reinstated the murder and aggravated battery charges.

Oglesby’s petition for leave to appeal is on the January Leave to Appeal docket.

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Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.